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Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces
By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017
So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.
Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.
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She added that it will also showcase small-scale food production model in camps for the households and communities to replicate, purposely to promote family food security.
By Philippine News Agency
Feb 6, 2017
“We will teach our military men the technologies on vegetable production and also showcase their farm to encourage neighboring communities to go into vegetable farming,” Oñate said.
Representatives from various Infantry Battalions (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Davao region already participated in the orientation and hands-on training on vegetable production conducted by the DA-11.
February 11, 2017 Comments Off on Philippines: Department of Agriculture to turn military idle lands into vegetable farms
The bills define urban farming as “any act of farming in a city using land or the space of a building, including the roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation through the use of any growing medium such as pots, plots, and membranes.”
Jan 27, 2017
Suansing said her HB 2818, titled “An Act Promoting Integrated Urban Agricultural Development in All Metropolitan Areas Nationwide to Address Food Security Concerns”, aims to promote self-sufficiency in food production and build climate-resilient communities; institutionalize integrated farming in highly urbanized cities and municipalities nationwide; and lessen the incidence of poverty in highly urbanized areas and promote the importance of healthy nutrition among the people.
The country’s population is continuously growing, hence ensuring food security is an urgent concern, according to Suansing, chairperson of the committee on ecology.
January 30, 2017 Comments Off on Philippine lawmakers pushes urban farming bills
Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders
CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.
“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.
By Abigail Viguella
Oct 1, 2016
A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.
“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.
October 6, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders
Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project
By Zac Sarian
September 4, 2016
Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.
September 10, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming
Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.
By Jullie Yap Daza
August 28, 2016
To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.
September 3, 2016 Comments Off on Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city
Ultimately, the agropolitan approach will discourage rural-urban migration through the dispersal of development in regions outside Metro Manila. Creating and opening urban growth centers outside the metropolis will help largely in decongesting it. It will also prevent people from leaving their hometowns to look for that very elusive “greener pasture.”
By Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
November 4, 2015
The urban farming concept should be embraced by Metro Manila if it intends to improve its food resiliency efforts, especially if drought in the agricultural areas occurs. Homes and buildings can very much adopt this. Certain vegetables and fruits such as kangkong, a variety of tomato, eggplant, cabbage, and maybe even garlic, among others, can be grown locally in the community. In working with the urban poor, the indigenous people, and survivors of natural calamities, among others, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group have incorporated the concept of growing your own food in the design of affordable housing.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines
Attendees of the recent Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City observe the quails that are being raised in a double deck module especially designed for raising quails in the urban areas.
One advantage of raising quails in the urban area is that it occupies very little space. The capital needed is also very modest and the gestation period is short. In 35 days after hatching, the birds will start to lay eggs.
by Zac Sarian
October 30, 2015
Only a modest capital is needed to start a quail raising project in the city. The cost of the cage, the birds (it could be ready-to-lay birds), feeds and miscellaneous expenses could amount to just P3,450. The amount can be recovered in just several months.
Usually the cost of producing a quail egg is about 80 centavos, according to Jeffrey. The market price ex-farm is P1.25 apiece. So there is a 45-centavo margin per egg.
November 5, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines
Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”
“When I started the program, the problem was the mind-set that farming isn’t compatible in the city. It’s all in the mind-set. You can do vertical garden or start with small containers,” said Ms. Belmonte
Business World Weekender
July 23, 2015
The city currently has 68 farms of various sizes found in barangays, public elementary schools, daycare centers, parishes, and nongovernment organizations. The city works with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, which provide financial grants.
But even if city farmers fail to bring their items to market, urban farming is still a win-win situation.
July 31, 2015 Comments Off on Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”
Department of Agriculture launches “Gulayan sa Paaralan” in Muntinlupa City
Philippines Information Agency
May 18, 2015
MUNTINLUPA CITY, 18 May (PIA)–Hundreds of students, school and local government officials joined the launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Muntinlupa City.
Gulayan sa Paaralaan, a vegetable gardening project initiated by DA and the Department of Education, will be managed by the schoolchildren themselves to encourage them to plant and eat healthy vegetables.
During the launch, Mr. Felix Joselito Noceda, coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (BPI,DA) for NCR and Region-4A , turned over agricultural assistance to the Muntinlupa City local government unit led by Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon.
According to Noceda, the DA has finished crafting a training manual that teaches students from all over the country the fundamentals of vegetable farming. Noceda emphasized the importance of encouraging young children to take part in food production.
May 24, 2015 Comments Off on Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren
BK Organics specializes in aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture – raising freshwater fish, with hydroponics – cultivating plants in water
By Frank Arbogast
News at Gettysburg
Oct 13, 2014
Aquaponics is a relatively new technology, and BKO is on the forefront of implementing it. In order to create successful prototypes, Enzo conducted research with the Filipino Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Enzo has taken this knowledge to work in the Metro Manila area educating communities on urban agriculture, and is actively presenting his work with urban agriculture at sustainability conventions.
“Our mission is to spread the technology as far and wide as we can, building farms in places that need it most, for people that do not have regular access to healthy food,” said Enzo.
October 23, 2014 Comments Off on Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines
Urban Container Gardening is an initiative that hopes to help boost food security in the country.
Jan 14, 2014
For 43-year old Helen Camacho of Purok 13, Barangay Tibungco, Davao City, it is an income-generating hobby. “I started off with only 20 seedlings of chinese cabbages. I, also, go to the nearby cemetery to gather and recycle tetra packs,” shared Helen.
From 20 pechay seedlings, Helen now has over 70 pechay seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates in their house. To make soil containers, Helen personally sews the tetra packs that she gathered from the cemetery. She even forges her own makeshift racks. “Urban Container Gardening is a huge help. I will really strive to improve my garden more”, said Helen excitedly.
January 20, 2014 Comments Off on Philippines: Urban Container Gardening hopes to boost food security in urban areas
Metro Manila – Bahay Kubo Organics
By Enzo Pinga, Ryan Aguas, Maximillian Pascual
Team Bahay Kubo Organics hopes to bring communities together at the center of the growing and selling process by empowering them with urban aquaponic farming.
Bahay Kubo Organics seeks to provide solutions for environmental degradation. This project is particularly concerned with environmental degradation caused by waste by-products from traditional farming. Other problems this project seeks to address are the disruption of food supplies from weather volatility, lack of nutrition, and limited livelihood opportunities for communities. It proposes the use of an aquaponics farming system, and hopefully bring communities together at the center of the growing and selling processes.
February 14, 2013 Comments Off on Urban Aquaponic Farming in the Philippines
Department of Agriculture urges metro residents to do urban gardening to address insufficient supply of veggies in Central Visayas, Philippines
Cebu’s population is always on the rise while only three percent of its total lands are classified as agricultural lands.
By Fayette C. Rien
Philippine Information Agency
6th of March 2012
CEBU CITY, March 6 (PIA) — Agriculture officials here urged metro residents to do urban gardening and plant vegetables in their backyard or in plain pots to address the insufficient supply of high-value crops in the region.
Jorge Paculba, chief of the crops division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 said the region is only about 56 percent sufficient in vegetables or high-value crops and that most of our supply is imported from other regions.
“A rising population sparking greater demand for vegetables and the existing 89 hotels plus pension houses and 116 restaurants in Cebu make it hard to achieve self-sufficiency in high-value crops,” Paculba declared.
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“Here in the city, our satisfaction is the aesthetic effect of the gardens and our access to fresh vegetables,” he said.
By Paul M. Icamina
Malaya Business Insight
There are a lot of other vacant spaces in the 130-hectare subdivision all waiting to be found by urban farmers.
“I heard lately that the city government is interested in developing similar community gardens,” Reyes said.
For this season, the Luxemburg farmers plant mustard, coriander and Chinese pechay in four vacant lots, ranging in area from 500-2,000 square meters.
January 13, 2012 Comments Off on City vacant lots in the Philippines all waiting to be farmed